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Nov 25, 2014 4:05 PM

Medical marijuana dispensary proposal faces criticism in Epping


EPPING- A proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Epping is drawing criticism from some town selectmen. New York-based Palliatech made its pitch to the board Monday night.

Selectmen James McGeough says his biggest concern was the company's opening statement, when they said they would not come to Epping if they weren't welcome.

"When our chairman said to them, ‘well let's offer you a referendum that will take place immediately and we'll move it as fast as we can', that they were quickly upset with that," McGeough said.

Mcgeough feels a lot of his questions did not get answered. His questions included whether or not Palliatech would expand background checks, and why didn't they choose a location closer to a hospital.

Some selectmen also took issue with the location on Beede Hill Road. They're concerned it's close to the highway and a soccer field.

Mike Turner is a father of four and supports the proposal.

"I think that it brings a lot of opportunities for jobs. Really the attitude towards marijuana use in the United States is changing," Turner said.

McGeough says it should be clear the board is not taking a stance against marijuana.

"We didn't say that. We're worried about why did you pick a bedroom community of middle class people and come in a put the burden on our shoulders?" McGeough said.

Palliatech could not be reached for comment, but according to their website, the company is "dedicated to unlocking the therapeutic value of medical cannabis."

McGeough says the town could hold a referendum to gauge the public's interest. If the people of Epping want it, he says they'll support it.

"The advocates on the other side try to picture Epping as the evil community which is so much a lie that it's very upsetting," McGeough said.

The project will be presented to the Planning Board on December 11th.


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